Car insurance too high? Here are 5 ways to cut costs.

If your car is old, you may want to skip comprehensive and collision coverage

Chances are you’re paying more for car insurance these days - 26 percent more than last year on average, according to Bankrate. Even as inflation cools, car insurance prices remain high because of more crashes, increased litigation, and higher repair costs.

Here are some ways to cut that premium.

  • Sign up for driver monitoring. You can save up to $800 with some insurance companies if you allow them to track your driving habits with a smartphone app or a device that plugs into your car’s diagnostic port—so long as you prove to be a safe driver. There are some tradeoffs. Remember, you’re giving up some privacy, much the same way you do when using certain smartphone apps, in exchange for a potential discount.
  • Shop around, then bundle. Combining your home and auto policies may save you hundreds a year.
  • Take a defensive driving course. Some insurance companies let you take a safe-driving course to get a discount. It only takes a few hours, tends to cost around $dd25 and the savings can add up. And you might even be able to take the course online.
  • It might be time to drop collision and comprehensive insurance. As your car’s years and miles pile up, its value decreases. That lowered value might not justify the expense of paying for collision and comprehensive coverage. Generally, when the premium is more than 10% of the car’s value, it’s time to consider dropping collision and maybe comprehensive, too.
  • Increase your deductible. Now might be the time if you haven’t raised your deductible recently. Consider a thousand-dollar deductible to save on your annual premium. Remember, you’re increasing your potential out-of-pocket repair costs after a crash, so make sure you have access to the money just in case. Or use the savings to build an emergency fund.

If you drive under 10,000 miles per year, most insurance companies factor in annual mileage in their pricing. You could save about $100 if you’re not making the mark.

About the Author

Marilyn Moritz is an award-winning journalist dedicated to digging up information that can make people’s lives a little bit better. As KSAT’S 12 On Your Side Consumer reporter, she focuses on exposing scams and dangerous products and helping people save money.

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